‘Let’s all go have a pint… we’re going CRACKERS’: Phillip Schofield begs for pubs to open ahead of ‘planned’ July date as he says ‘we know how to socially distance’
Phillip Schofield begged for pubs to open in an impassioned rant on Wednesday which saw him trending on Twitter.
The host, 58, said ‘people are going crackers’ and that ‘we’ve all got really good at social distancing.’
Talking to LBC host Nick Ferrari, 61, on This Morning, he said: ‘Aren’t we just craving them? We now know how to socially distance, we are getting better and better at it.
‘Let’s all go have a pint… we’re going CRACKERS’: Phillip Schofield begged for pubs to open ahead of ‘planned’ July date on This Morning on Wednesday
‘You actually see people moving too closely and you go, “Oh my god, look at them! They’re way too close!”‘
‘We’re getting better at that now. So if there is a pub garden, a business that can open… mentally, we’re all going crackers.’
He continued: ‘Nick wouldn’t you – I would open pubs. Let’s get us out there! As long as we’re not mixing too closely let’s go and have a pint!’
Plea: He told LBC host Nick Ferrari that we’ve all got really good at socially distancing and Nick agreed that the country had been responsible
Nick said: ‘I am with you. I think the country has been responsible.’
That same day, the hospitality industry submitted a 75 page report setting out a roadmap to getting restaurants and pubs open on July 4, which includes ditching the hotel buffet and no more drinkers at the bar.
The dossier has been submitted to ministers by UKHospitality, the trade body for the industry, as reported by The Daily Telegraph.
Boris Johnson revealed his lockdown blue-print last Sunday after Brits spent weeks under draconian lockdown measures on imposed by the PM on March 23.
He said: ‘You actually see people moving too closely and you go, “Oh my god, look at them! They’re way too close!”‘
Fury: He continued: ‘Nick wouldn’t you – I would open pubs. Let’s get us out there! As long as we’re not mixing too closely let’s go and have a pint!’
Plans: This picture shows a Wetherpoon pub in south London when it was still open. The graphics show what could happen if pubs reopen in July
The Prime Minister has urged people to return to work and hoped that from June 1 schools and shops would reopen.
He also said it’s his ‘ambition’ to start opening some hospitality businesses on July 4, as the PM tries to get the economy kickstarted.
The newly-released draft plans give a glimpse of how restaurants, bars and other leisure facilities will operate as the country eases out of lockdown, and offers suggestions for how they can operate safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
The industry has been devastated by the health crisis, with sales plummeting and many businesses still unsure if reopening with social distancing rules will be financially viable.